The Tenant

The Tenant

Roman Polanski
 Cast: Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
, Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani
, Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
, Jo Van Fleet
Jo Van Fleet

DVD (Wide Screen)

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It's not surprising to see the films of Roman Polanski arrive on DVD, including The Tenant, especially considering the success of The Pianist. Paramount, however, hasn't exactly gone all out in showcasing this, one of his lesser-seen titles. The image, framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic, is the disc's one strong point. While far from perfect, it does look good with few distractions (such as grain or dirt). Colors are fairly well represented and blacks are generally strong and deep. The sound, of which a mono track is split over two channels, is nothing to get excited about. Dialogue is often distorted and recorded low. At times, the English subtitles come in very handy. Also included is a mono French soundtrack. As for extras, don't expect much; the film's theatrical trailer is the sole supplement. When a movie stands on its own, a bare-boned disc like this is perfectly adequate. In this case, something more really would have added to the experience.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2003
UPC: 0097360867640
Original Release: 1976
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 2:05:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; English subtitles; Theatrical trailer; Dolby Digital - English mono, French mono

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roman Polanski Trelkovsky
Isabelle Adjani Stella
Melvyn Douglas Monsieur Zy
Jo Van Fleet Madame Dioz
Bernard Fresson Scope
Shelley Winters Concierge
Lila Kedrova Gaderian
Rufus Badar
Claude Dauphin Man in Car
Folco Jacques Monod Cafe Owner
Jean-Pierre Bagot Policeman
Josiane Balasko Viviane
Michel Blanc Scope's Neighbor
Florence Blot Mme. Zy
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu Bar Waiter
Alain Frerot Beggar
Eva Ionesco Mme. Gaderian's Daughter
Gérard Jugnot Trelkovsky's co-worker
Helena Manson Head Nurse
Maite Nahyr Lucille
André Penvern Cafe Waiter
Serge Spira Philippe
Francois Viaur Police Sergeant
Romain Bouteille Simon
Claude Piéplu Neighbor

Technical Credits
Roman Polanski Director,Screenwriter
Hercules Bellville Executive Producer
Françoise Bonnot Editor
Gérard Brach Screenwriter
Andrew Braunsberg Producer
Marc Grunebaum Asst. Director
Pierre Guffroy Production Designer
Claude Moesching Art Director
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Albert Rajau Art Director
Hubert Rostaing Musical Direction/Supervision
Philippe Sarde Score Composer
Alain Sarde Associate Producer
Eric Simon Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Vacant Apartment
2. Monsieur Zy
3. Simone Choule
4. A Drink with Stella
5. Moving In
6. Too Much Noise
7. The Tooth
8. The Neighbors
9. Badar
10. An Honest House
11. Stella's Place
12. Madame Dioz
13. Disturbing the Peace
14. Delilrium
15. A Plot Against Simone
16. Running Away
17. The Accident
18. Final Scream

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The Tenant 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A lot of people look at Roman Polanski's other movies and don't know what to make of them. Are they to be taken seriously? Is THE NINTH GATE really a thriller, or a comedy, or both? I think that the key to Polanski's work is THE TENANT. This is a thriller, which on the surface seems like a dead-serious movie...but Polanski injects so much bizarre, edgy comedy into it that in the end, you wind up in a place where you're not sure whether to laugh or be moved. It's a very special, very unique, very thrilling film that also happens to be very funny. Intentionally so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will never look at a staircase in quite the same way again. Pushing just about every button that's connected to something you don't want to think about, Roman Polanski's The Tenant is hilarious and deeply disturbing. One of the sickest, most cynical, bitter, emotionally cruel films I've ever seen. It's wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Tenant truly is an unsettling experience...everything about it is spooky. From the opening the the strange assortment of characters. Polanski as usual displays his subtlety, sardonaic wit and his masterful skills as a director.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my all-time favorite movie, so automatically I'm biased. But I'll try to be objective; I realize the movie isn't perfect. But it is without a doubt one of Roman Polanski's most personally significant films; not only is it the third film of a trilogy comprised with REPULSION and ROSEMARY'S BABY, but along with his next film TESS, it is one of the films that most accurately captures the director's aesthetic: one of absurd, hopeless despair. Nowhere are his films more pervaded with a sense of doom and tragedy than in this one (with the exception of his incredible adaptation of MACBETH). Polanski himself plays the title role of a timid man who stumbles onto a small, seedy Parisian apartment in a biulding populated mostly by bitter elderly couples. Almost immediately he is mystified by the suicide of the previous tenant (whom he goes to see in the hospital, only to find a comatose wreck swathed in bandages like a mummy). He snoops through her left-behind belongings, reads all her old letters and books, and eventually begins to wear her makeup and clothing, going so far as to purchase a wig and high-heels. He even courts the dead girl's friend (Isabelle Adjani, looking rather frumpy). All of this is done rather unconsciously; he seems to black out during these transvestite episodes, during which he experiences frightening hallucinations. He believes that the neighbors are subtly trying to drive him insane. A very macabre film, but tinged with dazed humor. A fitting end to the aforementioned trilogy of psychological case studies begun with REPULSION. If you enjoyed that film and/or ROSEMARY'S BABY, you might enjoy this one. Of course, it's directed with typical flair, and the score by Phillipe Sarde is very suitable to the film. Sven Nykvist (Ingmar Bergman's cinematographer) does a good job of contributing to the feel of the movie. Not up to the standards of the previous CHINATOWN on the level of entertainment, but a fascinating film in its own right and, in my opinion, one of the director's truly unique films.